The Dark Crystal
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Enjoy incredible footage from the Henson archives in The Dark Crystal. Travel back in time to the faraway planet of Thra. Cheer on the Mystics as they fight to overthrow the evil Skeksis and take back control of their planet! When Jen, a member of the Gelfling tribe, sets out to find the crystal's missing shard, his dangerous journey brings him face to face with monsters at every turn. Determined to restore peace to their planet, Jen will not back down! From the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson, this masterpiece of animation recounts the timeless tale of good vs. evil and has become a cult favorite of children and grown-ups alike!
- Two Deleted Scenes
- Documentary: The World Of The Dark Crystal (60 min.)
- Original Language Workprint Scenes
- Character Drawings and Profiles
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Any fan of fantasy owes it to themselves to watch this movie, especially now that there is going to be a Netflix prequel series. I hope the series renews interest in this cult classic movie that deserves way more attention then it gets.
Rented from Amazon to watch with my 5yo son.
Good: The Dark Crystal is a technical masterpiece, showing the value and timelessness of true craftsmanship and practical effects. In the 21st century, this film would cost $200 million to make and be loaded with shoddy CGI and overbearing voice actors from your favorite Thursday night sitcoms. But in 1982, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and crew were given the creative freedom and resources to produce a tale that captured the imagination of viewers for generations. Images from TDC still both amaze and haunt to this day, from Trial by Stone, to Kira taking flight, to anytime the Garthim appear to terrorize. A terrific cast of characters and creatures, many of whom remain unnamed (yet unforgettable).
Bad: Unfortunately, the lead, Jen, is very weak. Although he starts off in a tropish, by-the-numbers foundling quest, his story quickly falls by the wayside as he is ushered from plot point to plot point. He's doesn't have much to do, and repeatedly ends up watching his female companion, Kira, steal the show. Not only does Kira repeatedly save the duo from imminent danger, [SPOILERS] but SHE is the one that makes the ultimate sacrifice in the climax while Jen sits mostly dumbfounded, waiting for inspiration.[/SPOILERS]
Other: I had no idea that Netflix was planning a 2018 prequel series to TDC before randomly settling down to watch this with my son, but the timing was great. Don't miss out on catching up on this classic before the new series hits!
Either way, my kids (and I) loved this 1982 movie, and since the grandson is now at a good age to view it, we have this remastered 2–disc 25th anniversary addition. I would also direct anyone of similar interest to volumes #1–3 of the graphic novels entitled “Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths”. Conceptual designer Brian Froud is heavily involved, the imagery is awesome, and it offers the origin of Thra before the events depicted in the film. A second wave of books entitled “Shadows of the Dark Crystal” are due out this summer.
For what it’s worth, the following details are basically what Amazon has advertised with a couple minor adjustments.
* New High Definition Film Transfer
* New Commentary by Brian Froud
* Original Making of Documentary “The World of the Dark Crystal”
* Deleted Scenes
* Work Print Scenes
* Character Drawings
* Reflections of the Dark Crystal: “Light on the Path of Creation” & Shard of Illusion” – Two All–New behind–the–scenes documentaries that include rediscovered footage from the Henson archives and newly recorded interviews with the people who created The Dark Crystal.
DVD / Region: 1 / 2.35:1 – Anamorphic Widescreen / Rated: PG / Dolby Digital / Remastered in High Definition / Languages: English & Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital / CC / Subtitles: English – French – Japanese / Color / Approx. 93 Minutes / © 2007 Sony Pictures Home entertainment Inc. / © 1982, 2007 The Jim Henson Company
** Latin – "To each person his own is beautiful"